Japanese car maker Nissan aims to tap the growing auto market in India by planning to launch the Nissan Murano, its latest premium sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the country in early 2009. The latest SUV from the Nissan stable would compete with premium brands such as the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Toyota Prado, BMW X3 and Mitsubishi Montero
Murano, which combines the sleek appearance of a coupé with a sports-car engine, will be sold in India through Nissan Motor India. The company already imports and sells other Nissan brands such as the X-Trail SUV and Teana sedan in the country.
Available in three trim levels: the base S, the mid-grade SL, and the top of the line LE, the Murano is a all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle, powered by a 3.5 litre petrol V6 engine at 265 horsepower. The car can zoom from 0 to 60mph in less than 9 seconds.
Salient features include aluminum interior accents, leather seats, rain sensing wipers, memory seats and mood lighting. Entertainment system features an 11-speaker Bose unit with a 9.3 GB hard-disk storage and head-rest mounted LCD screens for passengers in the rear.
The premium SUV will be priced about Rs40 lakh in India.
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